Entry updated 6 August 2018. Tagged: Publication.
US Online Magazine that paid professional SFWA rates, that ran from April 1998 to January 2007, 72 issues, published by Clocktower Fiction, San Diego, California, edited by John T Cullen. Early issues were irregular but it strove for a monthly schedule which it achieved through 2001 to 2003 before becoming bimonthly in 2004, quarterly in 2005 and monthly again in 2006. It was launched under the title Outside but that was also the name of a backpacking magazine so the title changed to Deep Outside from September 1999. Both these versions were edited by Cullen with Brian Callahan. When Callahan left, Cullen changed the title to Far Sector from December 2002. It was the first paying online speculative fiction market that had not seen a previous print version and which survived more than one or two issues. The original emphasis was on "dark imaginative" fiction and the first issue included stories that portrayed violent future sports (see Games and Sports) in "Dead Air" (April 1998) by Jonathan Bond and Jak Koke or bleak, dangerous Cities in "As Bad as it Gets" (April 1998) by Al Sirois. The darkness appealed to a number of writers and future issues saw stories by Dennis Latham and Andrew Vachss. However as the magazine changed to Far Sector so the content lightened, with tales such as "The Scent of Copper Pennies" (February 2003) by Tim Pratt and "Into the Robot Harem" (September 2003) by Ed McKeown. Monthly uploads could range from one or two stories to seven or eight. Other contributors included James A Anderson, Joel Best, Andrew Burt, Linda Dunn and Justin Stanchfield. The link below provides access to some of the archives. [MA]
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